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Old 03-19-2014, 10:47 AM
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Victor, I arrived at Marsh Harbour the day before you did and departed after you left, so we never ran into each other. I didn't see reports of your ordeal until I got home.

There but for the grace of God go I, and all of us on VAF.

Thanks for taking the time for the report and congratulations on your piloting skills when it mattered most.
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Old 03-19-2014, 11:04 AM
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Default You did GOOD!

Thanking God for the blessing that allows you to provide us with a valuable update and report.

May God continue to bless you as you rise to the sky!
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Old 03-19-2014, 11:06 AM
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Excellent report and thanks for taking the time to share.
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Old 03-19-2014, 11:39 AM
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Wow, So happy you are ok.... Thank you for bringing us the facts of what happened.
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Old 03-19-2014, 03:12 PM
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Victor C

Thank you for sharing and so glad you are both safe.

Having a plan and then being flexible enough to modify it when it became apparent things weren't working as you had envisioned were keys to your survival. GREAT WORK!

I would encourage you to go to NASA's Aviation Safety Reporting System site {http://asrs.arc.nasa.gov/} and fill out the NASA report, ESPECIALLY if you are still within the time frame that provides immunity from punitive FAA action.
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Old 03-19-2014, 04:46 PM
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? something in the Prop Speed Unit broke. I have an IVO 3 blade in-flight adjustable prop.
Victor - you did a fantastic job flying the aircraft and making a survivable landing. Well done! Congratulations!

It would be very interesting to learn more about the failure of the Prop Speed Unit, once you have had it examined. Did the prop go to a very low or high pitch, such that it could not produce forward thrust? If so, perhaps there is a design or installation issue with the pitch stops. If the prop pitch can change in flight, the prop really should have high and low pitch stops that will prevent the prop from going to a pitch that prevents continued safe flight.

Or, have I misunderstood the nature of the failure?
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:25 PM
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Victor - you did a fantastic job flying the aircraft and making a survivable landing. Well done! Congratulations!

It would be very interesting to learn more about the failure of the Prop Speed Unit, once you have had it examined. Did the prop go to a very low or high pitch, such that it could not produce forward thrust? If so, perhaps there is a design or installation issue with the pitch stops. If the prop pitch can change in flight, the prop really should have high and low pitch stops that will prevent the prop from going to a pitch that prevents continued safe flight.

Or, have I misunderstood the nature of the failure?
IVO is cockpit controllable electric which twists the outer portion of the blade via an embedded torsion rod. These PSRUs have no provision for hydraulic C/S props so you are stuck with IVO, Quinti, MT electric or FP.

Victor, I am interested to know if this was a Gen 1, 2 or 3 gearbox?
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I would encourage you to go to NASA's Aviation Safety Reporting System site {http://asrs.arc.nasa.gov/} and fill out the NASA report, ESPECIALLY if you are still within the time frame that provides immunity from punitive FAA action.
I'm curious - what punitive action could there be in an emergency situation such as this?
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:18 AM
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Default Zero thrust.

This is not a first, for an Egg PSRU to fail. I gave an RV-8 owner a BFR several years ago, who also suffered a gearbox failure with the resultant loss of thrust. Fortunately, he made it to a nearby airport.

Another friend removed an Egg package and drained the gearbox oil "just to see." Within days, the metal had settled in the jar....also a Gen III gearbox.

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I'm curious - what punitive action could there be in an emergency situation such as this?
The FAA can find almost anything they deem you did wrong. Very cheap insurance to fill out a NASA report.
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